Review: Pirates! Scoundrels Who Shook the World by Scott McCormick

Title: Pirates! Scoundrels Who Shook the World

Author: Scott McCormick

Narrators: Sean Patrick Hopkins, Kevin T. Colins, Gabriel Vaughan, Cary Hite, Khristine Hvam, Margaret Ying Drake, Eddy Lee, Feodor Chin

Series: Rivals! #3

Genre: Nonfiction, History

Length: 3 hrs 11 mins

3 stars - I liked it
3 stars – I liked it

Pirates! Scoundrels Who Shook the World takes us back in history to discuss the lives of six different pirates: Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonney, Mary Read, Jean and Pierre Lafitte, and Ching Shih. 

This was a fascinating look at some pirate history. Stede Bonnet, known as the gentleman pirate, was a fascinating and clueless man who somehow was successful as a pirate. He even met Blackbeard which is crazy for how bad of a sailor/pirate he was. The Lafitte brothers had a fascinating history as well. I never realized that a couple of pirates and smugglers had helped America win the War of 1812. 

I really enjoyed the history of Anne Bonney, Mary Read, and Ching Shih though. These women didn’t hide their gender on the seas and were pretty successful, especially Ching Shih. I found the pirating history of China fascinating because I didn’t even know that piracy had been a problem at one point. Ching Shih was a woman ahead of her times and was a mastermind. I loved how she took over and brought prosperity to her pirates, and she lived to tell her grandkids about it. 

While this volume did have the over-the-top production that the previous book did, this one was more streamlined and actually flowed with the information better. It wasn’t distracting or off putting for a change, so it is getting better. 

Overall, this was a fascinating look at the history of piracy and I really want to learn about the women who were featured in this one. 


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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World
  2. Rivals 2! More Frenemies Who Changed the World

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